We begin the New Year praying for the needy country of Mauritania. The Sahara Desert covers most of the country and there are huge levels of poverty. The nation prides itself on being an Islamic state and is closed to the Christian faith. It was the last nation in the world to abolish slavery, in 1981, and many thousands still live in bondage. Pray for the Lord to act!
PRAYER POINTS (Prayercast)
• Pray for the Word of God to be preached among Mauritanians in their heart language.
• Pray for God’s mercy in the wake of severe drought and a poor economy that plagues the people.
• Pray for Christ’s freedom to be understood by those suffering under the bondage of slavery.
Mauritania has many rich fishing zones along the Atlantic coast, but the nation is not self-sufficient. It is both one of the least industrialized nations and one of the largest recipients of foreign aid in the world, though the recent discovery of oil may in time bring wealth to the nation. As the last nation in the world to abolish slavery in 1981, an estimated 10-20 percent of the population still lives in bondage, a fact the Mauritanian government vehemently denies.
Mauritania is an Islamic Republic and the Mauritanian constitution states that Islam is the religion of the people and the state. Ninety-nine percent of the population is Muslim; Mauritanians believe they are the most Islamic state on the continent and that their mission is to spread Islam throughout black Africa. There are laws against preaching the Gospel, and the vast majority are unreached … Believers in Mauritania are few and far between and have been persecuted and ostracized by both their families and tribes. This small remnant (0.25% of the population) needs courage to continue to stand up for their beliefs. (Prayercast)
We began ‘Praying around the World’ in March, 2013, and we are almost half way through! We started with Operation World, but have added other resources as they have become available/are relevant. In particular, we are grateful to Prayercast for many of the photos and links in our posts.
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